Disaster Preparedness and Response Bootcamp for Mixed Media Collections
Description: When a disaster strikes and valuable collections are damaged, the clock begins ticking. The actions taken in the first few hours and days are critical to the long-term recovery of the material. Yet this is also the time when more damage can be done due to chaos, carelessness, and lack of preparation. Disaster preparedness plans can provide guidance, but every disaster is different and disaster plans need to be adapted to the specific response scenario.
This workshop focused on disaster preparedness planning and first response, and provided participants with the opportunity to think on their feet, get hands-on handling experience, discuss challenges, and learn from real-world case studies.
• Participants were introduced to critical first response steps as well as logistics considerations and operational requirements of a salvage and recovery scenario for cultural heritage collections.
• Participants learned how to improve their disaster preparedness plans so that when the next disaster strikes, caretakers will be ready to respond.
• While handling and recovery procedures for different media types were discussed, we did not go into great detail on conservation procedures for specific media types. Recovery procedures for media such as video, audio, and film were emphasized, due to the unique requirements of these media, and lack of available literature.
Co-presented by Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO)
Funding provided by Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Held at the METRO Training Center, 57 East 11th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10003
Footage shot by Jim Chan, Visual Gnome Videography
Kara Van Malssen, Senior Consultant for AudioVisual Preservation Solutions, (MIAP Adjunct Professor and MIAP graduate)
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